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In my case, this project has helped me realize that talking to people about projects I’m going to do helps create some of the pressure I need to get things done. I work better if I have a schedule, and although I didn’t follow the schedule I’d created for this project, listing out everything I would need to do by when helped make the project seem a little smaller and more doable. I made more progress getting this rather bigger idea done than many of my smaller ideas from the past few years.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I made any particularly groundbreaking discoveries throughout this process as far as how to get things done. You just have to work. A number of factors play into completing projects, and the only thing I noticed in common with all of them was time—spending too much, not spending enough, spending it in other places. All of my interviews mentioned how important this factor was in what they had tried to accomplish.

One thing in particular that stood out to me throughout this project is the effect one unfinished project can have. Dave commented on the domino effect of home improvement projects, noting that one completed project can suddenly render something else an unfinished project by comparison. Ryan’s project spills over into other things he participates in, such as his role-playing games. The Treaty of Paris, 1783 is significantly more memorable to me because it isn’t finished, and the unfinished creations of Donatello and Michelangelo have inspired other things long after work upon them had ceased.

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  1. Leona

    Well then~. Seems you’ve got the gist of things as far as work goes. But even so, and don’t correct me if I’m noticing something you put in, but unfinished projects can also push people to do more~.

    • jerrikalw

      You should elaborate on that, unfinished projects pushing people to do more; I’m not exactly sure what you mean but it sounds interesting. Do you mean pushing other people to do more, or pushing yourself to do more? And tell me anything else you mean, this is intriguing.

      • Leona

        Well I guess both really.

        In regards to pushing you to do more, in my personal experience, procrastination is wonderful…to an extent. Because for me, an unfinished project makes me not want to do it, so instead, I work on other either less important or more important unfinished projects, to avoid working on the first unfinished project. For example: I should be practicing my flute, however, I have a drawing I want to finish, and therefore I went back to my computer, only to find that a few other unfinished projects had had a few new happenings in them. Thus, my flute practice is currently still unfinished, but I’m still working on something else.

        In regards to pushing others to do more, people who see unfinished works of other peoples tend to either get discouraged themselves, or get motivated about their own unfinished projects. A personal example would be an art trade I was doing with a friend of mine. I was procrastinating finishing it because I didn’t particularly like how it was turning out, however, my friend wasn’t finished with hers either, and we had been speaking back and forth about how she was procrastinating on it a bit. Well, hearing that, I decided that I better finish my part to help her get a bit more motivated to finish her part~, and I finished my part, and she’s almost done with hers now.

        So it works both ways really, it just depends on the mood of the person and how they are personally.

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